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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Google Bringing Document Editing to Android, iPad  —  Google unveiled a new mobile login verification system today, and perhaps more importantly, said that editing of Google Docs would be coming soon to Android and the iPad.  The ability to edit docs on the two mobile platforms will bring real-time collaboration to mobile users.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
When Larry Ellison Met Marc Andreessen-A Silicon Valley Settlement Story (Plus Mark Hurd Returns Some Dough!)  —  According to multiple sources, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (pictured right) approached Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) board member Marc Andreessen (pictured left) to help broker a settlement between the companies.
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Ethan Bauley / Data Central:
HP and Oracle Reaffirm Commitment to Partnership, Resolve Litigation Regarding Mark Hurd  —  HP and Oracle Corp. today reaffirmed their long-term strategic partnership and the resolution of litigation regarding Mark V. Hurd's employment at Oracle.  While the terms of the settlement are confidential …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google Apps gains extra layer of security with two-step verification  —  Companies migrating their e-mail and other cloud services over to Google Apps is becoming an increasingly popular phenomenon, but there have been lingering doubts about whether making such a transition would put company security at risk.
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Google Enterprise Blog:
A more secure cloud for millions of Google Apps users  —  Cloud computing is about making your information easily accessible from anywhere, on any device.  Until today, organizations looking to secure their information beyond a password have faced costs and complexities that prevented …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple buys Swedish face-recognition company Polar Rose?  —  According to Norwegian Mac Site Mac1, Apple has bought up all of the shares of a Swedish face recognition company called Polar Rose.  An example of their technology can be seen above (Flashless).  Google translated:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
UPDATED: Apple buys Polar Rose for a rumoured $29 million  —  Polar Rose, a Malmö, Sweden startup which built a very interesting facial recognition programme which hooked into Facebook photos, has been bought by Apple, according to Swedish media.  —  The 15-person company …
BerryReview:
First Picture of the BlackBerry Storm 3?  —  We were just sent a picture of what is supposedly the BlackBerry Storm 3.  Our tipster wishes to remain anonymous but it looks legit.  According to the tipster the Storm 3 will have a 3.7 inch display and 8GB of internal memory.
foursquare:
Introducing foursquare 2.0: Tips + To-Dos + Add to foursquare + More!  —  When we started foursquare, we dreamed it would be much more than check-ins.  We really wanted to build tools that would help people collect and share their real-world experiences.  Today we're rolling out the 2. version …
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
Rumor: Apple's newspaper subscriptions could debut next month  —  Last week the Mercury News reported that Apple is working on plans to sell newspaper subscriptions to iPad owners.  Today, a follow-up from the Wall Street Journal suggests that it could launch as early as next month, and will include magazines as well.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple to License Unspecified Intellectual Property From Rovi  —  In a filing made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today, Rovi announced that has reached a “multi-year agreement” with Apple for access to Rovi's intellectual property. … Rovi, originally founded as Macrovision …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Goodbye (Crummy) CAPTCHAs.  Hello Ad Dollars?  —  Hate dealing with captchas-the squiggly, indecipherable text strings Web sites often force you to read and regurgitate for security reasons?  Join the club.  And pay attention to what Solve Media is trying to do.
Frederico Viticci / MacStories:
VLC for iPad Available  —  Great news, folks!  VLC for iPad has been approved by Apple and is now propagating in the App Store.  New Zealand users can find the app already available here, anyone else will have to wait a few hours to see the app available for sale in iTunes.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Apple Working on a 7-Inch Screen iPad?  —  Apple, perhaps worried about competition from the Android camp, may be looking to develop a new version of iPad, this one with a 7-inch screen.  It would bring such a device to market some time in 2011, according to a research note put …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
IBM scoops up Netezza for $1.7 billion, broadens data analytics lineup  —  IBM on Monday said it will acquire data warehouse appliance company Netezza in a deal valued at $1.7 billion.  —  With the move, IBM picks off one of Oracle's key competitors for its Exadata line.
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Stuart Dredge / Recombu:
Plane Finder AR app lets you identify planes... in the sky!  —  There are moments when technology still makes our jaws drop.  This is one of them.  —  We'll let iPhone app Plane Finder AR's App Store description speak for itself: “Point the camera at a plane and you'll see the flight number …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and MobileWhack.com, Thanks:recombu
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia N8 delayed ‘for a few weeks to do some final amends’  —  Sounds like it's not much of a delay — but be that as it may, if you were hoping to pick up your colorful N8 in the tail end of this month... well, we don't quite know how to say this, but you're going to want to make other plans.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab feature tour reminds of just how pocketable it isn't (video)  —  Sony tried to convince us that its VAIO P was a pocketable computer, so we quite naturally pointed, laughed and mocked.  It seems only fair, therefore, to give Samsung the same treatment when it tries to sell us …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Fring reveals FringOut for cheap VoIP calls, challenges Skype head-on  —  When we first caught wind of Fring a while back, Skype compatibility was the draw, but as the years progressed and Fring grew some, the VoIP services didn't exactly get along.  Today, the company's taking matters …
Discussion: Download Squad, ReadWriteWeb and IntoMobile, Thanks:rawmeet
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Sports Illustrated says unfair iPad subscription terms led to cut features  —  The latest issue of Sports Illustrated only supports viewing in “landscape” mode, as the publication has said that they were forced to cut costs because Apple does not allow iPad subscriptions at “a reasonable price.”
Bing Search Blog:
Twitter User Recommendations on Bing Social  —  As the internet continues to evolve, we find there are more new “signals” coming in to search that enable us to provide customers with more relevant, real time and connected results.  Our work with Twitter and Facebook over the last year …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Native Apps Account for Half of Mobile Internet Traffic  —  Native data applications, such as those installed on smartphones like the iPhone and devices running Android, now account for 50% of all mobile data volume according to a new report from Finnish mobile analytics company Zokem.
Discussion: Podcasting News and SlashGear
Christopher Heine / ClickZ:
McDonald's Actual Foursquare Test Numbers: 2,865 Check-Ins  —  Hold your horses, Foursquare marketers.  McDonald's nationwide Foursquare test campaign on April 16 generated 2,865 total check-ins, Rick Wion, social media director for the quick-serve brand, has told ClickZ.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP launches fancy touch-based desktops and an app store for touch apps  —  Hewlett-Packard is launching a new version of its TouchSmart desktop computers today with new software that makes computing more intuitive.  The company is also unveiling its new HP TouchSmart Apps Center to access free …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Private Equity Firm Acquires Internet Brands In $640 Million Deal  —  Internet media company Internet Brands this morning announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VI …
 
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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Clear Airport Security Is Back, With All The Downsides
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
Facebook Is Top Source of Malware, ‘Status-Jacking’
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hot iPhone Gaming Startup Ngmoco Will Start Making Games For Android
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Net Neutrality Watchdog Group Uses Google, Facebook Ads To Attack Google
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Peter Birch / Google LatLong:
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Naspers Buys Controlling Interest In Media Sharing, Social Shopping Site Multiply
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ragavan / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox Home Now Available Worldwide
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and webpronews.com
Sebastian Pop / Softpedia News:
AT&T Unleashes Laptops with Pay-as-You-Need it Broadband
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Napster app arrives on iOS, completes the circle of life
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
HTC's Android tablet to use Tegra 2 and cost $790?
John Nack / John Nack on Adobe:
Flash runs faster, more efficiently than HTML5 on mobile